PLDT, Smart to spend P856M on new cable route

Move to boost services to Visayas, Mindanao


11:24 PM October 15th, 2012


MANILA, Philippines—Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) is laying down more fiber-optic cable in the Visayas area to strengthen its nationwide backbone, allowing the company to deliver high-quality fixed or mobile services to more areas in the country.

In a statement, PLDT and its mobile unit Smart Communications said they would spend P856 million on an “all-new” fiber-optic cable route that would connect Cebu to Bohol and run on to Misamis Oriental.

“This new facility, which will be completed by September 2013, will significantly boost the resiliency of PLDT transmission links to Bohol and the entire island of Mindanao,” the statement said.

“We have fast-tracked this particular project because the demand for broadband services—both from consumers and businesses—is growing rapidly in the Visayas and Mindanao areas,” said Rolando Peña, PLDT and Smart head of network and IP systems.

“This will further strengthen our fiber advantage over other carriers. At this point, PLDT and Smart already have over 54,000 kilometers of fiber-optic cable assets over the country—several times larger than the resources available to the competition,” he added.

The project involves laying down a total of about 450 kilometers of fiber-optic cables from Cebu to Cagayan de Oro City.

More than 300 km of cable will be inland while another 150 km will be under links in the sea between Cebu and Bohol and between Bohol and Misamis Oriental.

PLDT said the project would enable the area’s provincial governments to pursue more aggressively their efforts to attract investments from business process outsourcing companies.

“Bohol has been trying to get investors to set up call centers in the province for the past several years. But the lack of robust communications infrastructure has been an obstacle,” Peña said.

Bohol’s tourist arrivals hit the 550,000 mark last year, up from about 460,000 in 2009. The number is expected to rise further as more visitors take to the province’s famous beach resorts and eco-tourism attractions.

“More and more tourists now routinely expect to have Internet access in their hotels or on their smart phones, laptops or tablets. With the fiber link to Bohol, we will be better able to support high-speed mobile and fixed broadband,” Peña stated.

The project will also add a third leg to the two fiber-optic highways already connecting Mindanao to the rest of the country through PLDT’s domestic fiber-optic network.

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  • DannyGane


  • RiverHorse

    and i thought they were harping they had the “WIDEST NETWORK.” hindi pa pala! hahahaha!!!

    • SignTheWaiverNow

      if you don’t know what you are talking about better shut up!

      “This will further strengthen our fiber advantage over other carriers. At this point, PLDT and Smart already have over 54,000 kilometers of fiber-optic cable assets over the country—several times larger than the resources available to the competition,” he added.

      end of story…. hahaahahaha

      • RiverHorse

        practice what you preach muna… that number is PLDT and SMART combined. dim wit!

      • SignTheWaiverNow

        in case you do not know, SMART is a subsidiary of PLDT moron!

        Ikaw na pinaka bobong tao nakilala ko…. feeling mo pa ang galing galing mo!


      • RiverHorse

        you think, i do not know that??? who’s the moron now?! smart is the one boasting having the WIDEST NETWORK… eh mahina pa pala presence nila sa visayas and mindanao.

      • SignTheWaiverNow

        mukhang ikaw ang mahina e… utak kangkong ka kasi….

        kung wala kang alam sa telco mabuti pang tumahimik ka na lang bugoy!

      • RiverHorse

        SignTheWaiverNow wrote, in response to RiverHorse:

        “”do you even know what is the meaning of widest? its like teaching a grade school pupil, so what is the definition of “widest”… hahahaahahahahaahahaha””

        you’re asking me kasi nde mo alam ibig sabihin ng WIDEST??? now sino utak kangkong ngayon???
        kung grade school pupil ako, nde ako magpapaturo sa iyo… WALA AKONG MAPUPULOT NA MAGANDA SA IYO.

        masyado kang defensive para sa pldt/smart… empleyado ka or bayaran???

      • SignTheWaiverNow

        hindi, galit lang ako sa mga nagdudunung dunungan dito pero BO BO naman!

        sa susunod na magcomment ka ulit, isipin mo mabuti ang sinasabi mo at basahin mo ang article ha!

        huwag kang pa-epal lang dito! be more responsible budoy! ok?


      • RiverHorse

        ows, talaga??? nde naman kaya dahil supalpal ka sa dati mong mga posts tungkol kay corona kaya sa tingin mo dito ka makaka isa??? masyado kang defensive para sa pldt/smart… dito pa lang sa metro manila hrap na makatawag, sa mindanao at visayas pa kaya?

      • SignTheWaiverNow

        mokong ka talaga….

        magbasa ka ng mabuti… tingnan mo yung column kung ano ang sinasabi…

        puro katangahan lumalabas sa bibig mo e! pati hirap makatawag dinala mo na sa usapan!

        kung hindi mo alam ano ang cable routes huwag ka magmarunong… napaka engot mo talaga bopols!!!!!


      • RiverHorse

        i know what you are doing… do not project your insecurities to me. kung feeling mo bobo ka, you can’t remove yourself from that fact just by telling na bobo ang ibang tao… dahil, nde mo malalaman na bobo ang isang tao kung nde ka naging bobo in the first place.

      • SignTheWaiverNow


        kawawa ka naman… soplak na soplak ka sa usapan….
        kasi nagmamarunong ka na hindi mo naman pala alam pinagsasasabi mo….

        extending the fiber optic cables tapus connecting it to signal….

        kawawang bopols… nagmamagaling ka kasi e!

        BOPOLS! sa uulitin huwag ka manira ng ibang kumpanya o tao kung wala ka naman palang alam sa topic ha! okay?


      • RiverHorse

        nde ko kailanga manira ng kumpanya… pldt/smart na mismo sumisira sa sarili nila. ikaw ang bopol/

  • Balahura

    Let’s see puro kuwento walang kuwenta serbisyo…..

  • J

    PLDT should invest too to fixed dangling telephone PLDT telephone cables all over the country. Ang pangit at ang gulo. Kumikita ng malaki pero sinira ang view ng mga kalsada at mga harapan ng maraming building at kabahayan.

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